Muintir na Tíre’s Community Support Register seeks to help local communities get information and support to the people that need it most in their area.
Muintir na Tíre and Lend a Hand Sligo with the support of Healthy Sligo launch Community Support Register
It empowers local groups to use their knowledge to create a Community Register of individuals who would welcome information and supports to help them live more safely in their community. All the participants give their consent to receive this information and for the group to hold their contact details securely. This register becomes a means by which information about supports and critical services can be delivered to local residents thus enhancing individual and community wellbeing.
The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted how important it is to be able to target supports at those who need assistance during a crisis. This support can take many forms – in the Covid 19 crisis there has been much focus on practical supports like delivering the groceries, ensuring people had fuel and medicines as well as keeping in touch. Support can also take other forms – information, how to keep well and active, education, avoiding scams, learning how to make a video call, minding your mental health. helpline phone numbers, how to get to know your community garda, signing up to local alert networks and befriending initiatives and so on.
Over the coming months Muintir na Tíre in Sligo will be liaising with its network of Community Alert groups in the county to create registers for their areas. Linking with key agencies, these groups can then pass on information to the people on their local list, thus getting help directly to people who want and need it.
The Healthy Ireland Fund supported by the Department of Health and the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth.